My Mom’s kitchen and dining room are coffee shop themed. When I saw some maroon coffee cup fabric at Main Street Quilting, I just knew that it had to become a table runner for her. I grabbed the fabric, along with some coordinating prints, and brought them home to sit for a few weeks while I pondered how best to use them.
After tossing around a few ideas for a while, I eventually settled on fussy cutting the coffee cups and using them in a tossed nine patch block. Hence the name Tossed Coffee. I’m glad that’s what I decided on, because I really like how it turned out.
I used three different colors of thread for the quilting, one to blend in with each of the fabrics. I stitched in the ditch around the coffee cup squares, outlined the coffee cups, and then did very small stippling in the background. This makes the coffee cups pop up a little bit. I also stitched in the ditch around the brown squares, then stitched a heart in the middle of each square and echoed it. All the hearts are oriented so that the tip of the heart goes to the corner of the coffee square next to it. Lastly, I did a wishbone design in the cream sections. You can’t really tell, but the cream fabric has different coffee words in a light tan text.
I gave this to my mom for Christmas last year. She loved it just as much as I hoped she would! I always try to remember to include a label on my pieces, especially when it’s a gift for someone special. I think that little personal touch of handwriting really adds to the sentimental value.